Posted 17 September 2012 - 07:19 PM
Thanks, and on this you are correct. I have nothing else to say. Buh Bye.
Update. One more thing. As I said, if I am wrong I will admit it. Aside from being distracted by two of my favorite TopCats between me and the goal line in that corner of the field during the 4th, I recall I focused on Breezus' body. I didn't even remember him doing the hand stretch. I checked relevant parts of the vids, slomo'ed them, and zoomed on screenshots, then did some rudimentary image analysis.
If this is representative of all the "film" they had, then there was no "indisputable" evidence to overturn the ruling. However, there isn't enough to "confirm" it either, so the call "stands" as a TD. Someone else here educated me on that concept and I went to the rulebook on it to learn more. I get it now. Fine. That PI call against whoever was defending Smith down in that corner earlier in the game looked a bit "iffy" too, so I guess it evened out, all things considered.
However, I steadfastly maintain that you, and anyone else who thinks intentionally giving the ball back to the Saints*** was a "smart decision," are dead wrong. As someone else described it, that idea is ludicrous. I'm not even remotely close to knowing all there is about coordinating an offense, so I can't fault specific play calls technique as being good or bad, unless the PRIMARY goal was not to get a first down, but simply run down the clock and protect the ball. Newton was patently clear that is not what they wanted to do. They wanted a first, and failed. That is the only real point I was trying to get across. If it giving the ball back was intentional, as some say was smart, well, that mentality does not win championships in football, or anything else.